"[Liberalism] is an ethos that aims simultaneously at political and social collectivism on the one hand, and moral anarchy on the other. 
It cannot win, but it can make us all losers."
by Irving Kristol
in an essay, "My Cold War," 1993
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Barbara Kay: Sometimes a shower is just a shower. Even at Auschwitz

Posted on 2015-09-04 11:17:38

The refugee crisis in Europe is having the effect of peeling back the thin veneer of politeness that oils the wheels of civic reciprocity. Fear is making everyone jumpy: There are so many of “them”; where will they all go? How will this affect “us”? And then there is the very real, and daunting problem of actually keeping track of people as individuals, as the waves keep coming. Authorities in the Czech Republic decided it would be efficient to write numbers on the actual skin of Syrian migrants as they were pulled off trains this week at Breclav station. Immediately, human rights and Jewish groups expressed outrage over the apparent insensitivity to the historical resonance of Holocaust concentration-camp victims, who had identifying numbers tattooed on their inner arms. The Czech government said Thursday it had stopped the practice, even though the process had by their own account been initiated in ignorance of its associations. Other incidents indicate the extreme touchiness around mordant symbolism from past European tragedy. The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum of Poland came under fire from at least one irate visitor this week for installing sprinkler showers at its entrance to combat the extreme heat, alluding to the infamous gas chambers in Auschwitz during the Holocaust that were structured as showers, with the sprinklers spewing poison gas instead of water. And Prime Minister David Cameron was castigated for using the word “swarm” – which has associations with vermin, a word often applied to Jews and Roma by the Nazis – to describe the throngs of refugees crossing the Mediterranean to European shores. (--image--) On the one hand, such sensitivity to odious symbols of the past is laudable. It means that the evils of Europe’s history have not been forgotten, and that important lessons about the perils of racism and where it can lead have been learned. On the other, making a fetish of symbols that have not been adduced with ill intention is a........

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The Black Book of the American Left: Volume 2 — The Progressives

Barbara Kay: How utterly irrational faith-based global-warming theory is In an April 30 article, “Climate change and health: Extreme heat a ‘silent’ killer, Globe and Mail reporter Karen McColl...


Barbara Kay on how you know you’re a pit bull fanatic (Video)

Latest Column

Barbara Kay: Sometimes a shower is just a shower. Even at Auschwitz

Posted on 2015-09-04 11:17:38

The refugee crisis in Europe is having the effect of peeling back the thin veneer of politeness that oils the wheels of civic reciprocity. Fear is making everyone jumpy: There are so many of “them”; where will they all go? How will this affect “us”? And then there is the very real, and daunting problem of actually keeping track of people as individuals, as the waves keep coming. Authorities in the Czech Republic decided it would be efficient to write numbers on the actual skin of Syrian migrants as they were pulled off trains this week at Breclav station. Immediately, human rights and Jewish groups expressed outrage over the apparent insensitivity to the historical resonance of Holocaust concentration-camp victims, who had identifying numbers tattooed on their inner arms. The Czech government said Thursday it had stopped the practice, even though the process had by their own account been initiated in ignorance of its associations. Other incidents indicate the extreme touchiness around mordant symbolism from past European tragedy. The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum of Poland came under fire from at least one irate visitor this week for installing sprinkler showers at its entrance to combat the extreme heat, alluding to the infamous gas chambers in Auschwitz during the Holocaust that were structured as showers, with the sprinklers spewing poison gas instead of water. And Prime Minister David Cameron was castigated for using the word “swarm” – which has associations with vermin, a word often applied to Jews and Roma by the Nazis – to describe the throngs of refugees crossing the Mediterranean to European shores. (--image--) On the one hand, such sensitivity to odious symbols of the past is laudable. It means that the evils of Europe’s history have not been forgotten, and that important lessons about the perils of racism and where it can lead have been learned. On the other, making a fetish of symbols that have not been adduced with ill intention is a........

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